Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Born: August 11, 1916 at
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Garden City, NY
26, 1944 at the age of 27
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 05,
Colonel Vance led his B-24 bomb group against enemy costal
positions near Wimereaux, France on June 5, 1944. Antiaircraft
fire destroyed three engines, killed the pilot, wounded several
crew members, and nearly severed Colonel Vance's right foot.
Despite this, he bombed successfully and then glided toward the
English coast where he gave the bail-out order. Believing a
wounded crew member could not jump, he ditched the plane in the
channel while lying on the floor. As the aircraft sank, it
exploded, throwing him clear. He swam back to the wreckage and
continued to seek the injured crew member until rescued.
(NOTES: Colonel Vance was evacuated to a hospital for treatment.
On July 26, 1944 he and several other casualties were loaded on
a C-54 medical evacuation plane to be returned to the United
States for further recuperation. On the leg between Iceland and
Newfoundland, the plane and all passengers disappeared.)